This brand, brand-new Berry Street haunt — an outpost of the iconic, celeb-approved Roman restaurant that dates from 1922 — basically coins sultry-cozy, what with tufted leather sofas, darkly-stained floors, and, bonus, a wood-burning fireplace. Thankfully, the swish spot invested in some heavy dimmer switches, so you'll be looking like you're bathed in a permanent Instagram filter, all the better to enjoy what one critic dubbed "food porn" — gluten-free spinach gnocchi, broccoli and cauliflower soup with gorgonzola croquettes, and, to finish it all off, apples poached in caramel, vannila biscuit, sour cream and amaretto. Oh, and don't forget the house Sangiovese, an exceptional deal that will warm you up even better than those logs.
To get bellissima, take a cue from us and don something you can cuddle up in, like a sleek sweater dress and riding boots that would turn heads even on the Via Condotti. A bit of sparkle at the neckline will reflect the flames — if you're lucky enough to nab a coveted seat by the fire.
A.L.C. Clea Wool Jacquard Sweater Dress, $325, available at Net-A-Porter; Hansel From Basel Wool Rib Tights, $36, available at La Garconne; Madewell Stone Sculpture Statement Necklace, $75, available at Madewell; Stuart Weitzman Mount Boots, $625, available at Zappos.
Antica Pesa, 115 Berry Street (between North 8th and North 7th streets); Brooklyn; 347-763-2635.
Photo: Courtesy of Antica Pesa
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